I purchased this watch my my brother's 21st, and at the moment I'm of a mixed opinion about the watch so far. Now I'll talk about the bad things about the watch a little more but that isn't proportional to the quality of the watch.
Firstly the good. The watch looks pretty amazing in the flesh, and although it is a pretty basic looking watch, it looks stunning. There is detail on the dial (I think there are 3 rings, the middle of which is ever so slightly 'stepped' just a tad lower than the other two) that is often not captured in photos of the watch, and the glass caseback is mesmerising. This brings me to the accuracy of the watch. I'm not actually sure of it at the moment, only had it for ~3 hours and I've been playing around, as well as the fact that it is obviously still in the break-in period (and will be for another 2-6 months I think?). The hand winding is very nice, quite smooth (don't have much to compare it to), the ticking it makes (when you press it to your ear) is quite soothing to listen to, sounds somewhat 'alive'. The sweeping as with all mechanicals looks brilliant and just sitting here typing this I've been distracted into a trance of watching the seconds hand move around.
Now for the bad. This model is the bracelet version, and the stock bracelet is pretty terrible. This is due to one thing, the micro adjustments (the extra holes on the clasp of most bracelets). There are only two holes, one to put the springpin [what are those actually called] into, and another used for micro-adjusting which is only 1.19mm away. This is a problem as the links are quite large (larger than the stock jubilee [6.45mm] for the Seiko skx007 is that helps anyone), 8.65mm my digital calipers are telling me. Now I think you can see where this is going. My brother's wrist (probably just larger than 7") fits somewhere in the middle of being too loose (it moves around lots, and can easily go around the wrist itself) and too tight, the clasp can only be closed if it slightly stretches/pulls/bunches the skin. Essentially the bracelet is unwearable for him. Are there any options available to him here? Like if I took it to a jeweller would they be able to add some more holes for micro adjustment? I'm pretty disappointed with this to be honest. The watch doesn't look very good on the stock brown leather (with the white stitching) I think so I was hoping that the bracelet would be decent.
The next issue I've had is changing the bracelet. I have a terrible <$5 springbar from Hong Kong and I haven't for the life of me been able to change the bracelet as it doesn't seem able to be compressed enough (I'm certain it could be but we'll have to see), the end links just don't seem to leave enough room to compress the springbar enough that it will pop out. I've tried this for probably half an hour, and I've also used a 'scribe' which is a lot finer/sharper than my springbar but to no avail.
Overall this is a great watch, but I'd avoid the bracelet version if you aren't able to make sure it fits (try it on). Apart from that, it seems to be an outstanding and versatile watch.
Now my questions:
-What can I do about the micro-adjustments, as I said it is completely unwearable at the moment and I'd like him to be able to wear it? Will a watchmaker or a similar place drill some new holes?
-What am I missing about removing the springbars? Did anybody else find the end link stop it from compressing the springbar? This is frustrating.
I'll hopefully post some pictures tomorrow (when there's more light and if I manage to remove the current bracelet), and maybe give an update on how accurately it is running (at the moment it is too early to tell).
The issue with removing the bracelet is now that I don't know what way to push it. Do I need to compress both sides of the spring bar, or can I just compress one side and then push the end link downwards?
Edit: Got them both out now :)
Thanks, appreciate it.